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Flora The Remora
Fish #149 Common Remora Remora remora ~ Matthew Dover
Acrylic on newspaper covered mounting card 21 x 29 cm
The common remora, Remora remora, is a pelagic marine fish belonging to family Echeneidae. R. remora is different from other remoras in the family Echeneidae by the modification of its dorsal fin. The dorsal fin, which has 22 to 26 soft rays, acts as a suction cup, creating a vacuum to allow it to attach to larger marine animals, such as whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles.
R. remora and its host seem to partake in a symbiotic relationship; the common remora does not seem to have a negative overall effect on its host. The host provides the remora with fast-moving water to bathe its gills, a steady flow of food, transportation, and protection. The remora benefits the host by feeding in part on some of its parasites, but increases its hydrodynamical drag. The common remora's attachment to one host can last for up to three months. During this time, the remora can move its attachment site if it feels threatened. The common remora cannot survive in still water; it needs water flow over its gills to provide it oxygen.
This remora is commonly found in warm marine waters and have been seen in the western Mediterranean and the Atlantic, as well as the North Sea. The remora consumes food scraps from its host, as well as plankton and parasitic copepods. As the smaller symbiote, the remora is known as the symbiont. (credit wikipedia)
Each piece I produce comes with a little story. Here is Flora's:
This is Flora. Flora is a flat-earther, anti-vaxxer and general science denier. Flora is of the opinion that all of the other remoras have fallen prey to a massive and nefarious conspiracy on the part of the science community and world governments. When challenged to explain why such a conspiracy would exist, Flora starts to cough and splutter, and doubles down on her bullshit. 'GMO!' 'Chemtrails!' '911!'. Notable in its absence from her response is any plausible reason why anyone would bother to dupe the whole of remoradom into believing in the consensus. Flora is unbelievably irritating and frustrating, and none of the other remoras like her very much.
Matthew is a Scot, but has been living in Cambridgeshire with his wife and 2 children for 16 years. He is educated to post-graduate level, having attended Dundee University where he earned a law degree. He does not actually work in the law. Instead, he has made his way in the insurance industry, and is currently an underwriter and insurance broker specialising in construction insurance.
Matthew's art journey started only very recently. He painted his first piece in February 2017. For a time he painted exclusively on dollar bills, but, of late, he has moved on to bigger pieces. He is a naturalistic artist. The only animal he is not particularly interested in painting is Homo sapiens.
Matthew has enjoyed a degree of success in 2017. He has secured multiple sales and commissions. Though he couldn't possibly feed his family, or even himself, on his art sales, he has managed to build up a pot of 'free money' sufficient to take his wife away on a luxury city-break later this year. But he's not in it for the money. The pleasure of painting is its own reward.
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